Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola took to Instagram to praise Kalidou Koulibaly for his performance last night.

The Blues kept up their sensational form under Graham Potter with a comfortable 2-0 win against AC Milan, leaving them top of the their Champions League group.

They were no doubt helped by former Blue Fikayo Tomori’s red card in the first half, after he brought down Mason Mount for an early penalty.

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Despite the helping hand, Chelsea never looked under any real threat at the back.

Praise is certainly required for the defence. Thiago Silva put in the performance fans are more than used to by now, and Trevor Chalobah introduced himself to the starting side seemlessly.

However, it was Koulibaly who impressed Zola. The former Napoli man was dominant at the back, and the former Blue took to Instagram to praise his performance with a fire emoji.

Zola praises Koulibaly

The performance will come as a great relief for the Senegal international, who joined in the summer for £33m.

He was not selected for either of Potter’s first two games in charge, although has played 90 minutes in the three since.

Those three games, including two crucial Champions League games against the Serie A champions, have seen three consecutive wins, and three consecutive clean sheets.

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With an injury to Wesley Fofana, it looks like the game time for Koulibaly may start to pick up.

The games are set to continue to come thick and fast for the Blues, with there still being work to do to secure top spot in their European group.

Potter will also hope to continue their turnaround in form in the Premier League.

A trip to a struggling Aston Villa awaits this weekend, as the Blues will look to keep the pressure firmly on Spurs who sit in third, one place above the West London side.

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